Intel has announced its 7th generation Core processors which will usher in an era of even thinner form factors and more processing power. The new series is also expected to make it easier to create and consume 360-degree and 4K, or Ultra HD, content.
Designed for the “Immersive Internet” and built on Sky Lake microarchitecture, Intel’s latest 14nm Kaby Lake processors promise more responsive performance for entertainment and gaming, robust security as well as natural and intuitive interactions with the PC. Sky Lake was supposed to be replaced by 10 nanometer Canon Lake processors. However, they have been hit by production delays. So this new tweaked Kaby Lake series also ushers in a break in Intel’s tick-tock manufacturing cycle
While there are six SKUs in the 7th generation, Intel seems to have killed off the Core m5 and m7 processors. The Core m3 processors will continue to be made.
The chipmaker claims the new generation will offer over 70 per cent faster mobile productivity and 3.5X better 3D graphics performance than a five-year-old PC. So users will be able to beautify 1400 photos a minute or combine multiple 4K UHD videos into a highlight reel in 4 minutes while doing other stuff. Also, features like Windows Hello will become standard with this series.
Navin Shenoy, corporate vice-president and general manager for the Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation, said more than a hundred different 2-in-1s and laptops powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will become available from September. In fact, the new series of processors are expected to bring in the thinnest every convertibles and clamshells at under 10mm thickness. The fanless detachable can become as thin as 7mm with this 7th generation.
The PC industry is looking at the 2-in-1s to drive growth with the segment registering a 40 per cent year-over-year growth last year. In fact, Intel believes that 2-in-1 users are buying new devices even before the expected refresh cycle at 8 to 12 months.